Campaigning for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, Democracy, the Rule of Law and International Justice
NPWJ’s International Criminal Justice program focuses both on international and national efforts to restore the rule of law and provide accountability and redress for the victims of crimes under international law, be they through the International Criminal Court, or through ad hoc Courts or Tribunals, national prosecutions or other accountability processes. The overall objective of the International Criminal Justice Program is to ensure that whatever solution is adopted, it is shaped and implemented so that it can contribute to the restoration of the rule of law, it is responsive to the needs of stakeholders and it adheres to the strictest human rights standards.
Much of NPWJ’s current focus for international criminal justice consists of (1) ensuring broad support for accountability as a systematic response to massive violations of human rights and international criminal law; (2) reducing the expectation of impunity and removing the perception of rewards for violence on the part of parties to the conflict, potential perpetrators, victims and affected populations; and (3) increasing the impact, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of accountability mechanisms to stakeholders. In addition, NPWJ continues to work towards the universality of the Rome ICC Statute by promoting its ratification and effective implementing legislation, since the ICC can act as a catalyst, as a guardian and as a last resort for the effective investigation and, where appropriate, prosecution of serious crimes under international law.
Transitional justice, accountability and reconciliation in the MENA Region
Since 2011, NPWJ in cooperation with in-country and regional partners is developing and support a range of activities to promote democracy and human rights protection through incorporating Transitional Justice, Accountability and Reconciliation (TJAR) in decision-making on conflict resolution and stability, democratic development and reconstruction planning in MENA countries. Activities include providing technical support to build in-country capacity on TJAR issues, including on advocacy and documenting human rights violations, and to increase awareness among target groups about TJAR. Target countries include Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Local and regional partners include the Arab Transitional Justice Working Group and Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Centre.
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